The IELTS exam has provided many students and professionals with opportunities to advance their careers or studies abroad by preparing them for the writing, listening, speaking and reading section of the exam.
Millions of students from around the world take the exam annually and for some, an IELTS online course for preparation is too expensive and even unaffordable.
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Everything you need to know about the IELTS exam
What is the IELTS exam?
The IELTS exam is the International English Language Testing System test taken to prove your IELTS proficiency. It is one of the most widely known and used English exams in the world. There are about 1000 IELTS testing centers in most countries.
The purpose of the IELTS test is to provide proof of their English skills either for immigration or academic purposes where English is the native language. A huge number of post-secondary institutions, governmental bodies, and private corporations recognize IELTS results as confirmation of English proficiency level for countries like New Zealand, the USA, Canada, and Australia. It is the only English Language Test approved by UK Visas and Immigration for applications outside and inside of the UK.
It is very important for you as a test taker to study in depth in order to excel at this exam.
You should do practice tests or take private lessons because the IELTS testing process is quite challenging and the results decide a lot in the test candidate’s life.
Most importantly, you can prepare for all the parts and types of the IELTS test using the lessons, blog posts, and tutorials on our website and the courses we offer.
IELTS Test Types
How many types of IELTS tests are there? Which one should I take?
There are two types of IELTS exams:
- General Training IELTS – needed to confirm language proficiency to an employer, or for immigration purposes, or to obtain citizenship.
- Academic IELTS – needed for admission to colleges or universities.
- IELTS Life Skills – needed for people who are applying for UK citizenship.
How many sections does IELTS have?
Both IELTS General Training and Academic have 4 sections: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking.
All exam sections are always taken in the same location, which is the same testing center.
Do the sections take place in a certain order?
Yes, always in this order: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking.
You will always do the Listening, Reading, and Writing sections on the same day, without any breaks between them.
The IELTS Speaking exam may be scheduled either on the same day, after the rest of the parts, or even before or after the other test segments (up to 7 days).
Your test center will let you know about the exact dates.
What is the duration of the IELTS exam?
2 hours 45 minutes.
The time is split as follows:
- Listening: 30 minutes
- Reading: 1 hour
- Writing: 1 hour
- Speaking: 11-15 minutes
Format of the IELTS exam
IELTS can be taken in two formats:
- Paper-based IELTS test: you read test materials off a paper exam booklet and write on paper using a pen or pencil
- Computer-delivered IELTS: all test materials are read off a computer screen and the writing part is typed.
However, IELTS Speaking is always taken with a real person, no matter which format you choose to take.
IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training?
- What is IELTS Academic for?
If you want to be admitted to higher education in an English-speaking country or many other colleges or universities around the world, you will have to sit for the Academic IELTS exam.
- Who accepts IELTS Academic results?
More than 10,000 public and private higher education institutions, including all the top universities, all over the world accept IELTS Academic scores as confirmation of your language command for study.
Remember, IELTS Academic is not only required in countries that have English as the official language. For example, if you apply for a program taught in English in Switzerland, you may have to submit an IELTS certificate. This test will be taken by applicants who want to apply for higher education or professional registration abroad.
Make sure that you always check your post-secondary institution’s (college or university) website to whether they can accept an IELTS Academic certificate before you book your exam or sign up for prep classes.
What is IELTS General Training for?
- If you want to work or to emigrate to an English-speaking country such as Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Ireland, USA you will need to take the General Training IELTS exam.
- GT IELTS is also one of the exams accepted as proof of language proficiency for the citizenship exam in certain countries, such as Canada.
Who accepts IELTS General Training results?
A huge number of private corporations, from the smallest to the largest, and certainly all medical institutions accept GT IELTS certificates.
They require a GT IELTS band score because it serves as a trustworthy, internationally recognized proof for professionals from abroad of appropriate language skills proficiency for employment.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) accepts GT IELTS as proof of language proficiency with applications for work visas when registering for a certain profession, obtaining permanent residence, or finalizing a citizenship application.
Similarly, Australian Citizenship and Immigration require GT IELTS for the same purposes as Canada.
If you intend to apply for UK citizenship, the IELTS Life Skills exam is one of the tests that is accepted.
However, band score requirements are different for various countries and purposes.
Which exam is more difficult: General IELTS or Academic IELTS?
There is no difference between General Training and Academic IELTS in the Speaking and Listening sections.
The only difference between GT and Academic IELTS is in the Reading and Writing parts.
IELTS Academic is thought to be somewhat more challenging, especially Writing. But in Reading, you will need fewer correct answers to get a higher band score. For example: 32 marks = Band 7.0.
On the other hand, IELTS general is believed to be a bit easier, but certain sections will need more marks to achieve a better result. For example: 32 marks = Band 6.5.
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